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Learning Dynamics NAV Patterns

By : Marije Brummel
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Learning Dynamics NAV Patterns

By: Marije Brummel

Overview of this book

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a complete ERP system, which also contains a robust set of development tools to support customization and enhancement. These include an object designer for each of the seven application object types, a business application-oriented programming language with .NET interface capability, a compiler, a debugger, and programming testing language support. Learning Dynamics NAV Patterns will guide you through the NAV way of solving problems. This book will first introduce you to patterns and the software architecture of the NAV and then help you to build an example application. Then, it walks you through the details of architectural patterns, design patterns, and implementation patterns. This book will also talk about anti-patterns and handling legacy code. Finally, it teaches you to build solutions using patterns. Proven patterns and best practices will help you create better solutions that are easy to maintain in larger teams across several locations. It will guide you through combining abstract patterns using easy-to-understand examples and will help you decide which patterns to use in which scenarios.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)
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Natural Language Programming

The first thing that many people think of when discussing Natural Language Programming is the very scientific concept of talking to a computer in a natural language and having the code generated automatically. These concepts are important for search engines and artificial intelligence (AI).

However, Natural Language Programming can also help us in writing code that is easier to read, understand, maintain, and even debug. Although it sounds very modern, a lot of traditional programming languages, such as Cobol and SQL use Natural Language to make the code easier to read. Take the following example:

select [No_], [Name] from [Contact]
where [Name] like '%Mark%'

The C/AL programming language that we use in Microsoft Dynamics NAV is based on Pascal, and is traditionally not considered readable as a natural language. If we want to apply readability to C/AL, we have to implement a concept that we will refer to as multilevel code.